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OAAA E-Weekly Newsletter

The Office of African-American Affairs  Newsletter Highlighting Events and Opportunities for OAAA Students

"Young, Gifted & Black:

40 Years of Preparing Students for the Quest"

Special Announcement

The UVA Parents Fund has launched the Student Enrichment Fund, which provides grants to current undergraduate students who lack the resources to participate in professional development and academic enrichment experiences, such as studying abroad, taking J-Term classes, or pursuing internships. Read more about it here



The physical Offices of African-American Affairs located at Dawson’s Row #2, #3, & #4 are closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but we are still here for you! The Deans are available to meet with you via telephone or virtually. Please contact Ms. Carter to make your appointment with Dean Bassett (1st years), Dean Grimes (2nd years), Dean Mason (3rd years) and Dean Apprey (4th years). 


From the UVA Provost’s Office:
Grading Options for Undergraduates - Spring 2020

Also, all students in the College of Arts & Sciences will be able to WITHDRAW from courses until 5/8/2020; there is a special form that you must .complete by 7/30/2020 to return in the fall. For details, contact an OAAA Dean or Association Dean.



Emergency Financial Aid & Basic Needs Assistance
ODOS has compiled a set of resources for students during these challenging times. It includes: support for non-travel aid, emergency travel (, technical assistance for online instruction (, honor loans (, and food related concerns (





Tuesday, April 28 – Courses End

Saturday, May 16 Virtual Ceremony to confer degrees to undergraduate & graduate students


Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day Holiday (No Classes)

Saturday, July 4 – Independence Day Holiday (No Classes)

Thursday, July 30 – M.A. and M.S. theses and Ph.D. dissertations for summer semester due in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Friday, August 7 – Summer degrees conferred (no ceremony)


Session I                    Monday, May 18 - Friday, June 12                 Exam, Saturday, June 13

Session II                   Monday, June 15 - Thursday, July 9              Exam, Friday, July 10

Session III                  Monday, July 13 - Thursday, August 6           Exam, Friday, August 7

Eight-week session  Monday June 15 - Thursday, August 6          Exam, Friday, August 7



Quote of the Week

“Every person who has grown to any degree of usefulness, every person who has grown to distinction, almost without exception, has been a person who has risen by overcoming obstacles, by removing difficulties, by resolving that when he met discouragement, he would not give up.” -- Booker T. Washington

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Ama Amissah is a fourth year student from Woodbridge,VA double majoring in Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality. For the past two years, Ama has been a student worker in the Office of African-Amerian Affairs. At UVA, she has served on the University Judicary Committee, UVA College Council, been a student researcher at the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics, and volunteered at Planned Parenthood. She is also a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity. In her spare time, she likes to go hiking, loves to read, paint, workout, and laugh with friends. We will miss Ama at OAAA


 Congratulations to Jocelyn Willoughby (CLAS ’19) who was recently drafted to the WNBA! Jocelyn is now a first year masters student in the Batten School of Public Policy, having completed her undergraduate degree in Global Development studies in three years. A native of East Orange, NJ,  she was a member of the UVA Women’s basketball team and played as a guard/forward since her first year. She was one of 15 players nationally to be named as an academic All-American player, making her the first UVA player to receive this award. Jocelyn’s recent selection as a first round draft pick by the New York Liberty makes her the 11th player in program history to be drafted since 2010. Off the court, Jocelyn was a Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership Fellow, a Peer Advisor for the OAAA Peer Advising Program, a 2019 Raven Award student recepient, and lived on the lawn during the 2018-2019 school year.

Quote's Corner

Born to a slave on April 5, 1856, Booker T. Washington was an educator and orator who founded the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Alabama, known today as Tuskegee University. Washington was an important figure in the African American community in the United States from 1890 to 1915. Representing the last generation of black leaders born into slavery, he supported better education for blacks who remained in the post-Reconstruction, Jim Crow South. Although he is credited with improving relationship between the races, critics viewed his ideas and practices as accommodationist. His 1901 autobiography, Up from Slavery is still widely read today.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Ryland Roane Fellowship Program
Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 – Program starts September 1, 2020

The Virginia Department of Health, Division of Disease Prevention, is accepting applications for Cohort 2 of the Ryland Roane Fellowship Program. This two-year fellowship program is named in honor of Ryland Roane, a long time VDH employee who was dedicated to preventing HIV and mentoring black gay men working in public health.  The goal of this program is to create opportunities to gain experience, mentoring and leadership skills in preparation for a career in public health. Work 40 hours per week. Pay rate is $21 per hour as a contract hire -- no benefits or insurance. For more information, visit here.

This Week in Black History

 Did you know that?  The UNCF slogan, A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste originated in 1943, when Dr. Frederick D. Patterson, then president of Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University), wrote an open letter in the Pittsburgh Courier to the presidents of the nation’s private black colleges. He urged them to "pool their small monies and make a united appeal to the national conscience” [for the higher education on black students]. His words soon became the guiding principle for one of the world’s leading education assistance organizations. One year later, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) was incorporated on April 25, 1944, with 27 member colleges and a combined enrollment of 14,000 students

Did you know that?  On April 11, 1881 Spelman College was founded in Atlanta, GA. Originally named the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, it was one of the first institutes of higher education for African-American women in the United States. Spelman was the fourth historically black female institution of higher education to receive its collegiate charter in 1924. Today, it is ranked consistently among the nation's top liberal arts colleges with notable alumni including Alice Walker, Marian Wright Edelman and Stacey Abrams

OAAA Announcements & Services

Contact OAAA tutors directly for meeting times via Zoom:

Calculus & Statistics Tutoring
Every Tuesday & Thursday – 2:30 pm-5:00 pm
Travis Elliott @ Zoom Room

Organic Chemistry Tutoring
Every Monday – 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Sarah Weisflog @ Zoom Room

Chemistry Tutoring
Every Wednesday – 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Yvette Gamor @ Zoom Room

Biology Tutoring
Every Thursday – 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Jasmine Obule @ Zoom Room


Tuesdays with Dean Grimes: ‘Virtual Lunchtime Chat’
Last Chat of the Semester: Tuesday, April 28 – 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm via Zoom

Join OAAA Dean Patrice Grimes for this informal lunchtime session. Open to current and new participants, we’ll chat about anything – and nothing! Contact Ms. Carter ( for the link to join.


Contact: Dean Mason for more information on:

  • Black College Women (BCW) Book Club
  • Black Male Initiative (BMI)
  • Black President’s Council (BPC)
  • Black College Women (BCW) - In the Company of my Sister

Black Fridays – Return in Fall 2020 – see you then!




Upcoming Events

Upcoming UVA Virtual Events, Learning & Services

CAPS is offering different groups in response to COVID-19: 
Mindfulness Meditation Hour
Fridays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

Open to all UVA students


International Students Support Group
Fridays 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST

Open to all UVA international students


Addressing COVID-19 Related Anxieties
Wednesdays 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST

Open to UVA undergraduate students who reside in VA


Support Group for Fourth Year Graduating Students
Thursdays 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Open to students who reside in VA


Graduate Students Support Group
Thursdays 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Open to UVA graduate/professional students who reside in VA
For specific information on these support groups, visit the website:


WahooWell Remote: Student Support during Changing Times
Need a new well-being plan to thrive right now? Are you or someone you know concerned about your sleeping, stress and general self-care? Visit the website and complete a 5-minute survey to schedule a 30-minute appointment. See WahooWell website. For questions, contact Kristy Simpkins at

Online Access to Textbooks – Now to May 25th!
Don’t have your course text with you? Trying to share course text chapters with your study group? UVA students can access texts through VitalSource when they register with their email.

Around the Charlottesville Area Community

The 33rd Annual Virginia Film Festival Internships

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 29 at 12 Noon

Festival Date: Wednesday, October 21- Sunday, October 25, 2020
The Virginia Film Festival (VAFF) is now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 Internship Program. This program gives current, full-time University of Virginia undergraduate students hands-on experience in all aspects of planning and implementing a premier regional festival. To apply, visit the website. VAFF Staff will review applications; finalists will be invited to interview via video or phone. Internship offers will be extended during summer 2020.

Community Matters:
Tuesdays 6:00 pm-7:30 pm EST - Join
Zoom Meeting
Join our weekly virtual Community Matters series. Community Matters began this semester as a weekly time for students and community members to meet over a meal at Blue Moon diner and hear from those in the community about various projects and initiatives. Operating in this new space due to COVID-19, Community Matters is now a virtual space on Zoom.

Charlottesville Community Cares – Emergency Funding for Households
Apply Mondays thru Fridays between 9:00 am-5:00 pm by calling (434) 234-4490

If you are having economic hardship due to the COVID-19 virus, and live in the City of Charlottesville or Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, or Orange Counties, call today. Multiple languages are available. Thanks to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, Cville Community Cares, United Way of Greater Charlottesville, City of Charlottesville, and the County of Albemarle for sponsoring this effort to support our community!

Filing for Unemployment [Video] – Virginia Employment Commission
Visit for help to file in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Neighborhood Meal Delivery during Charlottesville City Schools’ Closure
Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:00 am – 12 noon - Various Locations

Charlottesville City Schools is delivering breakfast & lunch bags to children up to age 18. Families can go to the closest location. Parents are not required to be present with their child to receive a bag. Bring a backpack to carry meals! See for details. VOLUNTEERS are also needed to pass out meals on both days each week. For details

“In My Humble Opinion”– 101.3 Jamz -- Charlottesville’s Own Talk/Radio
Every Sunday 12 noon – 3:00 pm

Hosted by Charles Lewis, Max, and Razor, along with special guests. Listen online at, or download the free TuneIn app for iPhone and Android to get the latest local news in Charlottesville’s Black community.